Nick Anderson

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering higher education, national education policy and the global education market

Education: Stanford University, bachelor's degree in English

Nick Anderson is a veteran education journalist who has covered topics including suburban Maryland schools, the U.S. Department of Education and the college admissions maze. He has also been education editor for The Post. On the higher education beat, he writes about college from the perspective of a father of three with an eye on tuition bills. His interests include the technological revolution in schools, the national and global market, the endless battle to overcome inequities of opportunity and the sheer intellectual fun of academic life. In 2007, Anderson participated in the team covera
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After uproar, WVU to keep some foreign language classes, but not all

West Virginia University would keep some face-to-face Spanish and Chinese classes but eliminate majors in those subjects and other foreign language and linguistics classes under a revised budget-cutting plan.

August 29, 2023

Racial diversity surged at Johns Hopkins in the last decade. Will it last?

Johns Hopkins University has seen an increase in students of color after dropping “legacy” preferences for children of alumni and boosting financial aid and outreach.

August 29, 2023

Gunman kills UNC faculty member, authorities say

The school sent an alert at 1:03 p.m., warning of a danger to the campus. It told people to “resume normal activities” three hours later.

August 28, 2023

WVU’s plan to cut foreign languages, other programs draws disbelief

A proposal from West Virginia University would discontinue 32 of the university’s 338 majors on its Morgantown campus and eliminate 7 percent of its faculty.

August 18, 2023

Federal guidance shows how colleges may still address race in admissions

After the Supreme Court rejected race-based affirmative action in college admissions, the Biden administration spelled out scenarios in which race or ethnicity could continue to play what officials view as a lawful role in the process.

August 14, 2023

‘This is a calling’: Two HBCUs in the nation’s capital get new presidents

Ben Vinson III, who starts Sept. 1 as president of Howard University, and Maurice Edington, who took office Aug. 1 as president of the University of the District of Columbia, discuss goals and challenges ahead.

August 13, 2023

American University president to step down after the coming school year

Sylvia M. Burwell, a former Obama administration secretary, is set to step down as American University's president at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.

August 8, 2023

Military academies are next target for affirmative action opponents

Leading critic of race-conscious admissions eyes policies at West Point, Annapolis and Colorado Springs

August 3, 2023

University of Virginia will limit ‘legacy’ factor in admissions

U-Va. said "legacy" ties will no longer be conveyed to admission officers in a direct “checkbox” way, but applicants will be given an opportunity to write about a “personal or historic connection” with the university.

August 2, 2023

Pressure mounts on colleges to ditch ‘legacy’ admissions factor

Experts say legacy preferences in college admissions benefit the wealthy and White more than the poor and applicants of color.

July 19, 2023